Complications during pregnancy and delivery can often put families on edge. They may understandably worry that the infant, the mother or both could suffer negative effects during this time. Though family members place their trust in the medical professionals attending to the patients, medical staff could make mistakes that could lead to serious injuries or even death.
New Jersey residents may be interested in such a situation that occurred in another state. Reports indicated that in 2008, a woman had become anemic during her pregnancy, and this issue put her at risk of complications during her C-section. Additionally, during the procedure, a doctor punctured her bowel, and the woman needed additional surgery for repair. As a result, she lost a considerable amount of blood.
After the surgeries, the woman was transferred to another doctor, and she began hemorrhaging. Though a blood transfusion was order, certain steps were not taken to make the procedure effective, and the woman later went into cardiac arrest. Less than three hours later, the woman died. Due to the circumstances of her death, the woman's family filed a lawsuit, and a jury recently awarded them $4 million.
Facing the tragedy of an unexpected death can be hard on any family. When the incident occurs due to the negligence of other individuals, the situation can seem even more devastating. If New Jersey residents have lost loved ones due to medical negligence, they may wish to use this case as an example and take legal action of their own. Speaking with experienced medical malpractice attorneys could help interested parties find out more information.
Source: wcvb.com, "$4M awarded in malpractice suit over death of Stoughton woman in childbirth", Tom Relihan, Oct. 17, 2017